The power forwards

Remember, there will still be a high school basketball season after Derrick Rose chooses his school. Here’s a look at the top power forwards…

THE ELITE

Demond Watt, 6-6, Sr. TF North: The best rebounder in the state. Watt had over 20 rebounds in a couple of games last season. He hasn’t perfected his post moves yet and will need to improve his perimeter play to be effective in college.

Kevin Johnson, 6-6, Sr, Simeon: Johnson would play center on most teams, but Tim Flowers controls the paint for Simeon. Johnson is a strong, athletic, late-bloomer. His best basketball is ahead of him.

THE UP AND COMING

Byron Pickens, 6-7, Sr, Senn: Everyone is raving about Pickens potential. Time to prove it.

Illya Glover, 6-5, Sr, Fenger: Underrated force last season for Rich Central.

Steve Filer, 6-4, Jr, Mount Carmel: Great football player. Will benefit from Mike Flaherty’s coaching this year.

Julius Verdun, 6-5, Jr, Bolingbrook: Proved a lot last season. Long and mobile, could be poised for a breakout

season.

Shea Sumpter, 6-4, So, Rich East: One of the best freshman in the state last season.

THE SLEEPERS

Eric Burgin, 6-4, Sr, Hope: Strong. Very similar game to Nate Minnoy.

James Jackson, 6-4, Sr, H-F: Has big shoes to fill with Bob Burton and Andre Walker moving on.

Brandon Streets, 6-6, Sr, Glenbard East: Athletic, how well he complements Mike Capocci will determine how good Glenbard East is.

Isiah Evans, 6-5, Sr, Northside Prep: Does all the little things well, very tough player.

Tyler Ponticelli, 6-6, So, Glenbrook North: Could be the Spartans leader in the post-Scheyer era.

TWO TO WATCH

Paris Carter, 6-6, Jr, TF South:Could prove to be one of the South suburbs unheralded gems.

Stephen Walker, 6-5, So, Thornwood: Very hyped, got a little experience last season so should be ready to go this year.

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